Welcome to Saskatonians, where we feature and recognize people within the community of Saskatoon, showcasing the great things that they do, what they like and how they make Saskatoon great!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Saskatoon?
I’m originally from North Battleford, but spent my youth and teenage years in Saskatoon. I attended university in Regina and lived there for 4 years but have been back in Saskatoon now for almost 7 years.
What is your favourite restaurant in Saskatoon?
I have a few! City Perks is one of my favourite spots in Saskatoon. Amazing food, great coffee and a comfortable atmosphere! Summertime brunches on the rooftop patio at Drift offer menu items that are impossible to choose from! My other “go to’s” include Poached, Odd Couple, The Hollows, Thien Vietnam, and Las Palapas. Some of my favourite coffee shops include Little Bird, D’Lish, Tastebuds and Underground Café.
What is your favourite activity in Saskatoon?
I enjoy so many activities in Saskatoon! In the summer, I get a canoe club membership and have access to canoes and kayaks 24 hrs a day! I attend Freedom Functional Fitness and enjoy the many classes and workouts they offer (the sauna is also a plus!). I play touch football in the summer with the Saskatoon Touch Football League and flag football in the winter with the AFFL (Adult Flag Football League). I have family involved in Huskie Athletics so I’ll often be found in the PAC watching Huskie volleyball or other university sports. I never get tired of going to the Farmer’s Market on weekends. Saskatoon also has some great local brewpubs like 9Mile and Prairie Sun which are great spots for weekend day drinks! Shopping on Broadway (with a stop at The Bulk Cheese Warehouse) is always a treat! Downtown pubcrawls also happen on occasion with a fairly concentrated downtown area. From O’Shea’s, Congress, Rook & Raven, Winston’s, Hudsons, and Cathedral Social Hall, there are lots of great places to meet up with friends and enjoy good drinks and great company! Saskatoon has some great venues like The Capitol and Amigos that are also worth checking out for live music!
If you could change one thing about Saskatoon, what would it be?
I really wish Saskatoon was a more bike-friendly city. While there are some bike lanes downtown and in some other parts of the city, we still have a lot of work to do!
What’s the best thing about living in Saskatoon?
I love that Saskatoon is a small city that offers almost everything other big Canadian cities do. Saskatoon is a beautiful city and I try to take it all in (especially when I’m driving across the University or Broadway bridges at night). I love that Saskatoon isn’t an overly “touristy” city, but I always feel like I can admire it like I’m visiting for the first time. If I were a visitor to Saskatoon, it’s one of those cities I’d want to travel back to!
Where do you work and what do you do?
I’m a teacher in a program called FLEX, where I teach Gr. 7-9 students who are highly involved in areas of fine arts or athletics and require flexible schedules and online learning opportunities.
What other interesting jobs have you had?
Besides teaching at a variety of schools, I’ve also worked through the Saskabilities Council with adults who have acquired brain injuries. My favourite job in university was working at the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre in the U of R. I’ve also worked at a private care home and my high school job was at a retirement home!
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Honestly… anywhere! I travel where opportunities arise whether they are on my “list” or not! I do love travelling in Canada though. I always love checking out cities I’ve never been to without having to worry about currency or cellphone plans.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
I got a call for a teaching interview in the Saskatoon area during a large family gathering. When I went to announce the news to everyone (which included some jumping and happy dancing), I fell off the deck and broke my foot. Needless to say, I “broke a leg” for the interview and got my first teaching position!
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I grew up taking piano lessons and completed my Gr. 8 level in Royal Conservatory of Music when I was in high school. I still really enjoy music and playing piano when I have time.
If you could have only one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
My mom’s Manicotti!
What type of music do you listen to?
A large variety – mostly country, mellow pop and acoustic, top hits, and even hip hop and rap!
Who is your hero?
My parents have raised seven children and continue to nurture a family environment where everyone enjoys coming together. They’ve encouraged excellence and supported our many endeavors throughout the years. They also continue to pursue their own personal passions, showing us that it’s never too late to try something new!
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
Travel, nights out, clothes, home décor… the list goes on.
If you could retire tomorrow what would you do? Volunteer! I wish I had time to do more now. If I could also relax in a cozy cabin with a house full of books for the rest of my life, I’d die happy.
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
I had a close call in China at a Hot Pot restaurant where cat was accidentally ordered as a meat. Luckily, a translation app came to the rescue!
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid?
I totalled my parent’s car a few months after I got my driver’s licence…
Who is your celebrity crush?
Channing Tatum – ever since She’s the Man!
Your biggest pet peeve is what?
People who walk slow in the middle of a path or hallway!
Name someone that you think deserves some recognition.
My friend Mackenzie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 23. I met her while taking bootcamp classes with her a few years ago and was so inspired by how insanely hard she worked! She beat the cancer, got re-certified in personal training and started her own business running her own bootcamps! She also does a lot to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and openly shares her story to inspire others. She is seriously one of the strongest women I know!